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Wits frustrated by Stars at home

The Clever Boys began the 2018 calendar year with another frustrating defeat at home to Free State Stars despite a dominant performance at the Bidvest Stadium.

Gavin Hunt wasted no time starting new signings Lehlohonolo Majoro and Edwin Gyimah days after their arrival at the club and it almost paid off when Majoro’s header threatened in the sixth minute.

Ea Lla Koto set up to defend and play on the counter, playing with 10 men behind the ball for the majority of the evening.

The hosts were buoyed by several chances falling to Sifiso Myeni and Daylon Claasen in the midfield, Majoro seeming to gel well with his new club.

Claasen came close to opening the scoring on the half hour mark, his well hit shot drawing a great stop out of Badra Ali Sangria in the Stars goal.

Three minutes later however it was the visitors who snatched the lead when a headed clearance from a corner fell to Thamsanqa Teyise who smashed a volley at goal, Darren Kept only able to get fingertips to the effort but not keep the effort out.

Hunt’s side continued to fire after the break, upping the intensity and pace, moving the ball quicker and playing higher up the pitch. This along with the attacking changes made by the coach were what the hosts would have hoped would change their fortune.

Majoro came closest to a leveller on the hour mark when he broke the offside trap to get through on goal, somehow his effort went narrowly past the far post with Klate storming in looking for an important touch.

Eymael’s side remained resolute and focused, and were able to see off wave after wave of Bidvest Wits attack to bag themselves three points.

The result sees the Bidvest Wits struggles at the foot of the table continue while Stars have moved up into second spot on the Absa Premiership log.

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